What is a total knee replacement?

Total knee replacement surgeries are one of the most successful medical procedures, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). More than 600,000 total knee replacements are performed in the U.S. every year.

You might need this surgery if your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or by an injury and you’ve had trouble doing everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, according to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

During the surgery, your surgeon will remove damaged cartilage and bone from the surface of your knee joint and replace them with plastic or metal.

Having a knee replacement surgery can help relieve pain and allow you to be more active.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about total knee replacement surgery.

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